After the National Republican Senatorial Committee issued what was a noticeably muted, one-sentence, primary-night response to Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell's big win over GOP insider Rep. Mike Castle, for the Delaware Senate seat, party leaders on Wednesday offered more full-throated support to their nominee from the First State.
On Tuesday night, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), chair of the NRSC, left it to a staffer to issue a statement of congratulations. This left some observers with the impression that he was less than enthusiastic about the results.
Cornyn sought to dispel that the morning after with a statement attributable to him.
The statement also allowed him to engage in trash-talking his counterparts at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Democrats might be telling anyone who would listen that O'Donnell's victory put Republican Party leaders in a tight spot.
But Cornyn reminded Democrats that they had several difficult Senate races too and would soon be making some tough decisions themselves about which races to infuse money into and which to effectively write off.
“Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee’s chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.
“I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 – the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees – which the NRSC will send to her campaign today.
“We remain committed to holding Democrat nominee New Castle County Executive Chris Coons accountable this November, as we inform voters about his record of driving his county to the brink of bankruptcy and supporting his party’s reckless spending policies in Washington.
“In the weeks ahead, we will decide where to best allocate additional financial resources among the large number of competitive races at stake this November. While it’s not in Republicans’ interest to advertise our spending strategy to our opponents, it’s worth noting that just yesterday, the NRSC’s first independent expenditure ad aired in support of Dr. Rand Paul’s campaign in Kentucky, where we firmly believe that he will win in November.
“It remains to be seen whether national Democrats will provide a similar level of support for many of their nominees, including in key battleground states like Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Arkansas, Illinois, and New Hampshire, among others. The Democrats’ indecision reflects the fact that Republicans are on offense in at least 12 Democrat-held states and we are leading in the polls in seven of those 12 states.
“Finally, on the matter of the New Hampshire Senate race, while the results remain outstanding, we continue to monitor the Republican primary race, and we stand ready to fully support whichever candidate is chosen as the nominee.”